UFI Blog

By Christie Masters Just a few months ago our family lost a dear friend to suicide. Two weeks ago a family we know lost their youngest son. A few days later one of our family members called seeking comfort after finding out that his friend had...

By Ashley Corbaley Yes, girls can do anything boys can do. But does it have to be everything? October 11th is International Day of the Girl. This is an international day of observance set aside by the United Nations to share awareness for gender inequality and to...

By Breaunna Stone Tori Black recently published an article on the United Families International blog that discussed how some individuals and groups silence their ideological opponent with a label. One of the most popular labels used today is “hateful.” In my few short years advocating for the...

We’re in the last few days of collecting signatures to present to a United Nations body that is setting up to issue legal commentary on an international treaty that excludes unborn children from a “right to life.” United Families International has joined with other groups to collect signatures...

by Alannah Hurley “Tolerance: a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.” June 15th, 2017, a group of LGBT individuals disrupted an ex-gay conference to declare their discontent for the ex-gay...

By McKayla Skinner Recently I came across a CNN article entitled “The Opioid Crisis Took this 8-year-old’s Father Away” by Christina Manduley and Kimberly Berryman. The reporters highlighted the experience of an 8-year-old girl, Ava, who was awaiting the release of her father from an Ohio...

By Erin Weist Australia is currently undergoing a national plebiscite (a postal vote) on whether or not to allow same-sex marriage.  This is not a legally-binding vote but a means for public feedback on a certain principle: in this case, whether or not same-sex marriage should...

By Diane Robertson In the last week, a federal judge completely struck down an Indiana state law outlawing abortions based on the baby's race, gender, or disability. How, or why, was this conclusion reached, and what led to this action? Understanding the history of abortion laws in...

By Cathi Bond It seems that the kids raised in today’s society are taught to think and act more entitled than ever before. Where has this come from, and why is so entrenched in our society? In her article entitled “Narcissistic Children and Teens: Does Your...

By Cathi Bond In today’s technological world we are bombarded with hundreds of images of ‘perfect’ men and women every day in all forms of media. Photo-laden social media sites like Facebook and Instagram can promote negative social comparisons. Typically on social media posts, everyone appears...

By Diane Robertson The modus operandi for today's abortion debate focuses on the humanity, or not, of the unborn. Some may argue that anytime between conception and birth the baby is not human and thus has no intrinsic value. By this logic there is no moral...

By Ashley Corbaley I do not live far from Houston and Hurricane Harvey hit much too close to home. As word that  Harvey had turned from a tropical storm to a Category 3 hurricane, then a Category 4, panic spread throughout my town. I went to...

By Breaunna Stone A strong society relies on strong marriages. Ryan Andersons, Senior Research Fellow at William E. Simon, in a report on marriage and family stated: “Marriage is the fundamental building block of all human civilization…Society as a whole, not merely any given set of...

By Diane Robertson The Chinese have not had much religious freedom for more than a generation. But the communist-run government has recently made laws to restrict religious worship even further. Government officials in China have issued warnings to hundreds of churches stating that no child will...

By Miriam Merrill Today we reverently look back 16 years ago to September 11th, 2001. The first direct attack on the continental United States killed almost 3,000 and left countless individuals with broken hearts and spirits. Differences melted away as Americans united in mourning and in celebrating...

by Tori Black Hate. Feelings of prejudice filling people with such animus and loathing that they are motivated to hurt, to harm, and to kill. With good reason we recoil from hate when we see it. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the heart of a complacent...

By McKayla Skinner Family is our greatest refuge during life’s storms. This timeless truth was proven once again during the recent devastating natural disaster in Texas, known as Hurricane Harvey. In tracking the headlines on the hurricane three accounts illustrated as many lessons to me about...

By Diane Robertson Hardly anyone can forget how in May of 2016, the Obama Administration made an announcement that under Title IX, all schools receiving any form of federal funding must allow students to use the gendered bathroom of their choice. The issue was in the...

By Ailee Olsen In October of 2013, I was in a poor neighborhood of Malang (a small town in Indonesia) visiting friends at their home. As I waited outside their door, I looked to my right and saw a 7-year-old little girl named Isti*, whom I...

By Hannah Gibson As humans, we all have a driving need to belong, to be loved, and to give love. This applies to all of us, straight or gay. For those who identify with the latter, I can only imagine how difficult it must be to...

By Diane Robertson Teenwise Minnesota, a statewide organization that promotes the sexual health of young people, recently published a survey of teens 9th to 11th grade on teen pregnancy and sexual activity. For the first time, Teenwise asked the teens about their sexual orientation. The survey...

By McKayla Skinner My grandmothers were deeply impacted by the world wars. One was left without a father for a time, as he was a prisoner of war, and the other was a military wife who sometimes lived on the brink of starvation during a...